May calls on citizens to back her plan, or risk no Brexit

Blanche Robertson
July 16, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May in Quebec, Canada, on 9 June 2018.

Writing for The Mail on Sunday, Mrs May said that, with just eight months left until we leave the European Union, it is time for MPs to take a "practical and pragmatic" approach - or face a "damaging and disorderly" Brexit.

Mrs May will host Mr Trump and his wife Melania at a lavish dinner at Blenheim Palace this evening.

The size of the threat should become clear on Monday when lawmakers vote on amendments to legislation on the government's post-Brexit customs regime, with leading eurosceptics set to vote in favour of amendments that May opposes and back their own proposals to toughen up her exit plan.

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According to Politico, the key question is whether May's Tory opponents will try to keep pressure on May or whether they have the numbers and the intention to damage her government in an effort to get the Brexit they feel voters expect.

Her bold message comes after a tumultuous week for the Prime Minister, during which two of her senior cabinet ministers resigned after she published her proposed Brexit white paper.

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Although the measures are unlikely to pass in the absence of Labour support, it could prove an opportunity for a show of strength by the rebels meant to pressurise her into retreat.

The prime minister also said that the taxation (cross border trade) bill, which seeks to allow the United Kingdom to implement its own customs regime after Brexit, and a related trade bill on Tuesday, were "an important part of our no-deal preparations" because both were necessary to prepare the United Kingdom for life as an independent trading nation. I said, make sure that you have a carve out. He said that he had taken the "very hard decision" to resign "to express discontent" in votes.

Steve Baker, a junior Brexit minister who also quit over the Chequers plan, said Mrs May's proposal was the work of an "establishment elite" bent on thwarting the European Union referendum vote.

"In terms of who ultimately holds the pen on the papers that go to Cabinet for collective decision, it has been the Cabinet Office's Europe Unit, and they have clearly been operating to a different ultimate goal to the one what we were operating to".

"Britain, in effect, would be entrapped and the more you think through the implications the more the whole thing looks less like a soft Brexit than a national humiliation", he wrote.

The US president left Mrs May badly wounded when he criticised her negotiating style, lavished praise on Boris Johnson and attacked her Brexit plan in an interview with the Sun.

'It is time for all of us - at this critical moment in our constitutional development - to believe in ourselves, to believe in the British people and what they can do, and in our democracy, ' he wrote. I understand those concerns.

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